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The pier-table closely follows a design by Thomas Sheraton's published in The Cabinet Dictionary in 1803 (see drawing above). In this piece which is in the taste of Sir John Soane, Sheraton is showing his sophisticated awareness of a 'Grecian' style with the Greek key device of the frieze and the recessed niche for the display of precious objects.
The identity of the cabinetmaker remains uncertain. The use of a French style loose top points to a French émigré maker, perhaps the workshop of François Hervé.
In 1807 George Wyndham, 3rd Earl of Egremont bought East Lodge in Brighton. He immediately set about enlarging the original house and furnished it in the fashionable styles of the day popularized by the Prince of Wales at Carlton House and the Royal Pavilion. Lord Egremont was a generous host and entertained lavishly here when meeting friends and relatives. Whilst in Brighton he enjoyed the races and visited the Prince Regent at the Royal Pavilion.
Given by his great grandson, Charles, 3rd Baron Leconfield (1872-1952) to Violet Lady Leconfield (1892-1956), Petworth House, Sussex and by descent to their daughter Mrs Elizabeth Wyndham (1922-2008).
|Height||35.00 inch||(88.90 cm)|
|Width||73.50 inch||(186.69 cm)|
|Depth||21.75 inch||(55.24 cm)|